Originally Posted by eherlihy
- I have a cleat on my Genoa track that I use to stop the boat. I position it slightly aft of midships to ensure that the boat will stop parallel to the pier.
I have one of those and have been wondering what it's for. Maybe the previous owner put it there for that same reason.
I also agree with the slow approach. With my deep fin keel and huge rudder, I usually just coast in neutral from the point where I turn into my dock all the way into my slip (about halfway down the dock, maybe 150 feet) with great steerage, just a touch in reverse to stop a few feet short of all the way in, then I jump off and grab my dock lines. This varies depending on the crew available, but sometimes it's just me (or me and a girl who is more useful staying out of the way).